CURRICULUM INTENT

The London Acorn School offers a purposeful, academically rich and coherent curriculum which leads to a deep subject knowledge in a broad range of subjects. Primarily shaped by the Waldorf Steiner pedagogy it is inclusive of best practice from complimentary pedagogies (Nordic model, Singapore maths) with an eye to National Curriculum indications and benchmarks .Intended to promote capability for the art of living, we provide a safe and secure environment conducive to learning and creativity, encouraging students to fulfil their potential in relation to their abilities, skills and interests in accordance with their spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Our curriculum is focused around the developmental stages of each year group and within the curriculum teachers ensure that the ages, abilities and needs of students are met, including those with EHC Plan.

The intent of The London Acorn School curriculum is to:

  • cultivate and preserve the child’s innate sense of wonder and love of learning
  • develop the capacity for independent imaginative thinking and creative doing
  • offer a low-tech environment in the early years to promote the development of the finer senses and motor skills, connections in real time to people and places while gradually teaching digital skills and online safety as they progress
  • take full advantage of the nourishing and restorative power of Nature, accessible to us in Morden Hall Park, to foster a sense of place and connection to the Earth as well as to acquire skills in Natural Science and Geography
  • to provide an intimate, unhurried environment, were children can learn at a pace in keeping with their developmental needs
  • provide a secure and ordered environment with clear boundaries and consistent daily rhythms which encourage full participation and engagement with teachers, peers and learning
  • hold high academic expectations for the key skills of numeracy, literacy and the sciences in addition to cultural, musical, artistic skills (including design and technology)
  • support the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual development, equipping children for life 
  • enable pupils to develop moral sensibility with an understanding of individual liberty, mutual respect and a tolerance of those with different beliefs.
  • provide an arena where the child’s individuality is accepted and respected, enabling them to become fully integrated members of the community and broader society with a clear and strong sense of their strengths and areas for development

CURRICULUM INDICATIONS

KINDERGARTEN
3 – 6 years
WILL
CLASS 1
6 – 7 years
WILL
CLASS 2
7 – 8 years
WILL/FEELING
CLASS 3
8 – 9 years
WILL/FEELING
CLASS 4
9-10 years
WILL/FEELING
CLASS 5
10-11 years
WILL/FEELING
Drawing and painting in primary colors. Painting in primary colors. Painting in primary colors & mixing. Painting; characters of colors & mixing. Pictures to do with main lesson topics. Shaded drawing.
Fairy tales. Capital letters. Complementary colors. Farming, building. Short compositions. Advanced grammar. Letter writing. Compositions.
Wax modelling. Consonants, vowels and silent e. Lower case letters. Cursive writing. Begin reading. Beginnings of grammar. Grammar and reading in English and in language lessons. Ancient India.
Greek myths.
British Geography.
Alexander the Great.
Celebrating festivals. Fairy tales in English and in language lessons. Fables: Aesops; Saints and holy people; The King of Ireland’s son. Four basic principles of mathematics. Weights, money and measurements. Norse myths.
Local geography.
Man & animal.
Greek to go with main lesson.
Singing. The rudiments of maths: number quality and quantity; 4 processes. Songs, games and poems in language lessons. Continuation of songs, games and poems in language lessons. Fractions. Botany.
Puppet shows. Nature stories. Multiplication tables; place value. Old Testament. Clay modelling. Embroidery and crochet. Soft toys. Religious and humanitarian biographies.
Plays. Drawing with straight and curved lines. Pentagonic flutes.
Singing.
Lyres.
Recorders. Exploring intervals. Rounds. Pictures to do with main lesson topics.
Celtic knots
Decimals. Geometry.
Verses and rhymes. Modelling with beeswax. Ring games; throwing and catching. Running, throwing and coordination. Short compositions. Clay modelling. Knitting with 4 needles. Types of sewing.
Nature walks. Knitting. Knitting & crochet. Knitting and embroidery. Orchestra. Time signatures. Harmony. Basic gymnastics. Beginnings of team games. Rounders. Volleyball. Running, throwing and coordination.
Cooking.
Integration into a group outside home.
Singing, using the pentatonic scale. Interval flutes and pentatonic flutes. Ring games. Running & throwing. Climbing. Rounders.
Helping. Bean bag exercises.
Clearing up. Body geography.
Constructive play. Column 2 Value 13